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Joseph Campanella!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2018 by joecetta

Emmy/Tony Award nominee Joseph Campanella pulled up just shy of the double century mark in film/TV credits this week, at the age of 93! The case could be made that Campanella is best remembered for his Emmy nominated role as agency boss Lew Wickersham on Mannix, or his multi-year runs on soaps Guiding Light and The Bold and the Beautiful, or as the voice of Curt Connors on the ’90s animated Spider-Man series, or to specific fanbases for his appearances on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, One Day at a Time, The Golden Girls, or The Fugitive, or to a very select group of elderly New York theater fans for his Tony nominated turn opposite Death Pool legend Olivia de Havilland and Henry Fonda in 1962’s A Gift of Time, losing out to Walter Matthau for the original play version that was vastly different from the film adaptation of A Shot in the Dark. But honestly, Campanella appeared in so many random things for such a long time, and really none of them for an extended period of time, and few real memorable films (Ben? The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre? Dead Girls Don’t Tango?) that he’s that classic character actor you recognize as being from something, but it would take you all day to figure out what.

Sarah had no problem identifying him though – scooping him up last year and cashing out today to the tune of 17 points, extending her already sizeable lead to an even 100 points with her ninth death! This one is getting a bit out of hand, even with seven and a half months to go. Will records fall? Will a late rally make this a contest? Will ODH make it to 102? Tune in July 1st to find out!

Replacement pick due by next Thursday!

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Doug Ford!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 16, 2018 by joecetta

Not to be confused with the latest wacky politician from the Ford clan in Canada, World Golf Hall of Famer Doug Ford hit the fairway for the last time this week, at the age of 95! Ford’s 19 PGA tour victories tie him for 38th all time, and include wins in two majors – the 1955 PGA Championship and the 1957 Masters. He made eleven other appearances in top tens at majors from ’55 to ’62, and made the cut 41 times in these tournaments over his career. He was named PGA Player of the Year in 1955, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2011. He was the oldest surviving winner of the Masters, circa Sunday. Good game, Doug!

And one day after being displaced atop the Holloway, Bats is back in charge, the 15 points for Ford jumping him past the Buonins for the division lead and for third overall! Way to play out of that bunker, Bats!

Replacement pick due by next Wednesday!

Margot Kidder, Chuck Knox, and Tom Wolfe!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 15, 2018 by joecetta

Three longtime Death Pool figures left us this week, with the departures of actress Margot Kidder, football coach Chuck Knox, and author Tom Wolfe! Kidder’s career included roles in semi horror classics The Amityville Horror and Black Christmas, but come on, she will forever be remembered opposite Christopher Reeve’s Superman as the only good Lois Lane to ever appear on screen anywhere. Yeah, you heard me, Noel Neill! Suck it, Kate Bosworth! Longtime NFL coach Knox took eleven teams to the playoffs across his stints with the Rams, Bills, and Seahawks from ’73 to ’94. His 193 career wins place him 10th all time among NFL head coaches. Wolfe put together a solid career as a journalist and non-fiction book writer, with such acclaimed and famous works as The Right Stuff and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, before writing a handful of gigantic novels, most notably The Bonfire of the Vanities.

These three were drafted a combined 26 times in our pool history, with Kidder leading the way as a Ten Year Man. Oddly, all three spent more time on a different team than the one who cashed them out – Kidder’s 41 points going to the Buonins, after spending 2010-2015 with Munchak; Five of Knox’s seven years in the league were spent with Capone, but punted 24 points to the Gardons today; and Wolfe spent at least a year on five different teams, but was with Adam five times (’08, ’12, ’14-’16) before winding up with Kristin M. today, giving her 22 points. The Buonins jump to third with their third death, while Kristin and the Gardons move to seventh and eighth, respectively. Well done, all!

Replacement picks due by next Tuesday!

George Deukmejian!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 9, 2018 by joecetta

Former California governor George Deukmejian bid farewell to Sacramento this week, at the age of 89! Born in Menands, NY – final resting place of 21st President Chester A. Arthur! – Deukmejian moved to California after a stint in the army, became a state assemblyman, a state senator, and state Attorney General, before barely defeating L.A. mayor Tom Bradley for the gubernatorial seat in 1982. He and Pete Wilson held down the mansion for the Republicans for 16 straight years through the ’80s and ’90s, but are booked ended in the list of GOP governors in Cali by the more famous Hollywood duo of Reagan and Schwarzenegger. Nonetheless, for a solidly blue state, it’s kind of amazing how scarsely the Dems have held down the governorship out there – only 20 of the last 50 years, and 16 of those are Jerry Brown! Jeez!

And Sarah racks up her eighth death already, extending her considerable lead, and beginning to tip us into the dangerous area where the pool enters inevitability, and with eight months still to go! I mean, sure, there’s still lots of time, but if history has taught us anything in this pool, it’s that late season comebacks from wide margins are pretty rare, and that Sarah doesn’t tend to hang up epic slumps. So this start is a bit unnerving. Best panel the competition committee! Well done!

Replacement pick is due by next Wednesday!

Paul Junger Witt and Michael Anderson!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2018 by joecetta

Behind the camera titans Paul Junger Witt and Michael Anderson called it a wrap this weekend, at the ages of 77 and 98, respectively! TV and film producer Witt was responsible for bringing us such varied small screen projects as The Golden Girls, Brian’s Song, Soap, two different Beauty and the Beast series, Empty Nest, Blossom, The Partridge Family, It’s a Living, and Benson, as well as features likes Three Kings, Insomnia, Final Analysis, Mixed Nuts, and Dead Poets Society, which earned him an Oscar nomination and a BAFTA for Best Picture. Not to be confused with Twin Peaks’ Man From Another Place, Anderson was also Oscar nominated, for directing 1956 Best Picture winner Around the World in 80 Days, but this success did not translate into the type of opportunities one would expect. His tendency to gravitate to action/sci-fi projects gave us Logan’s Run, the 1956 version of 1984, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, Orca, The Dam Busters, and TV films/miniseries The Martian Chronicles and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. His influence to science fiction doesn’t end here – his stepdaughter is none other than Marita Covarrubias herself, Laurie Holden!

Ten year man Anderson finally cashed out for Bats, his fifth death giving him some breathing room in third overall, while Munchak’s impressive 2018 continues with his fifth, 33 points for Witt helping to close the gap a bit in the chase for the lead! Well done, guys!

Replacement picks due by next Monday!

Verne Troyer!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2018 by joecetta

Actor/reality TV star Verne Troyer hatched his final plan to kill Scott this weekend, at the age of 49! Troyer, best known for his portrayal of Dr. Evil’s Mini-Me in the second and third Austin Powers movies, appeared in dozens of films and television shows, including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Jingle All the Way, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Surreal Life, Celebrity Wife Swap, and Shasta McNasty. Random Verne Troyer trivia – he was raised Amish! Huh!

Troyer was drafted in 11 of the 12 years we’ve existed, only skipping last year – after Baxter, Sam, Adam, and Lana split his time in our first decade. But after the brief hiatus, Nick M. yanks down the 61 big points and jumps into the top 5! This marks 19 of our 21 teams scoring points in the first third of the year here, which is pretty remarkable in itself. Good work!

Replacement pick due by next Monday!

Bruno Sammartino!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 18, 2018 by joecetta

And the suplexes just keep on coming this week, as legendary wrestler Bruno Sammartino bearhugged his last today, at the age of 82! One of the most popular wrestlers of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino was still squared-circling it up when I was kid, mixing it up at Wrestlemania I and subsequent years in the WWF while in his fifties. He famously held the WWWF Heavyweight Championship for the longest single stretch in the company’s history, seven and a half years from 1963 to 1971, and for the most total time, adding another three and a half year run as champ from ’73 to ’77. I had his rubber action figure back in the day! Maybe I can find a picture…

Probably still residing in some Scranton attic!

And with this, the commish is finally on the board here in ’18. As four-time defending champion, I was starting to get a little worried that my team was totally washed up, having gone all out here in the middle part of the decade, but these 28 points finally put me in this year’s contest. That only leaves three teams without deaths – Jeff, Nick M. and Ryan – parity being the name of the game here in 2018 so far.

Replacement pick is due by next Wednesday!